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As discussed here, Does This Remind You of Anything? has a staggering amount of misuse, and it's been decided a cleanup thread would be a good place to start. Since it's such a popular trope, a long-term thread seemed like the best option.
For a place to start, there's DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.Western Animation, which seems to have some Getting Crap Past the Radar-esque vibes of "This kids' show is actually really adult and deep" even when many of these metaphors are simply audience readings.
How do we determine what's just an audience reading and what isn't?
I think the first thing we need is to actually define the trope. At least, that's what I need. I've seen so much misuse and the name and laconic as both so vague that I'm never sure what actually is an example.
Well, that's what makes the trope a bit difficult, isn't it?
Personally if it's something very unlikely for the genre and doesn't give enough supporting context that suggests multiple factors to the synonym, like a Lampshaded Double Entendre, then I'm wary. Like, I saw a Fairly OddParents example that said Crocker shouting "FAIRIES!" is meant to look like an orgasm, which is very much not true. There's also the issue of how much of the scene is a metaphor and how much is literal. "Abusive friendship symbolizes abusive relationship" is okay, "abusive friendship symbolizes abusive friendship" is not.
EDIT: Ninja'd, but I agree, which is why I sent it to TRS first. The trope is kind of vaguely defined.
Edited by mightymewtron on Oct 18th 2020 at 6:35:51 AM
TBH, I still think this needs TRS work done. Less than a third of the wicks in the wick check used the trope properly, and the title is still vague.
Judging from the misused examples on the wickcheck list, there must be tons of easy-to-spot targets to clean up. I would leave questionable examples alone though.
Hence why I linked the Western Animation page. Like, this example is an obvious shoehorn.
There's no metaphor here. Insulting somebody's face is just as common an insult as insulting their mom. If the context obviously stands on its own without any additional subtext, then chances are it isn't this trope.
Edited by mightymewtron on Oct 18th 2020 at 11:11:51 AM
The Nightmare Before Christmas:
I think the midlife crisis thing is just what's happening at face value without any metaphor, and is thus a circular example. The second entry sounds valid, though.
Found this on Kill la Kill. These are mostly just the ones that are sexual metaphores, except for the second one.
The TRS thread chose to define Does This Remind You of Anything? as a deliberate, non-tautological reference to something in Real Life; the criteria (drafted here) would likely be similar to the Expy cleanup thread.
From The Good Place (season 3 spoiler I guess):
Is this really symbolic of anything in particular, or just a means of conveying this argument about capitalism? Capitalism still exists in this world and gets criticized on the show several times.
I have an example on Fate of the Clans. I checked the criterea and I'm pretty sure it fits, but could someone please check just in case? I need to know if I should delete it.
Sure. Can you show us what it is?
This is it from the edit page.
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How well does it match the trope?